I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to welcome some joy and happiness into my life. It’s been a tough year for many of us, and I think we all deserve a happier life. You’ve probably heard the saying that happiness is a choice, and I couldn’t agree more. Of course, being happy is easier said than done, especially if you’re going through a difficult time.
But here’s my question for you… do you want more happiness in your life?
Who doesn’t? We could all do with more joy and happiness, which is why I want to help you invite more happiness into your life and the life you share with your dog (or dogs).
Here are five easy things you can start doing today to help yourself be happier:
- When you love what you already have in your life, you will get more of what you love
The Law of Resonance determines patterns that are based on thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. Essentially, it means that you attract what you love and where you put most of your energy.
Everything around us is made up of energy. We get what we put out into the world. If you have positive thoughts, you’ll get positivity back. However, if your thoughts and emotions are swamped with fear, anxiety, and stress, you’re more likely to draw those things back to you like a magnet. To stop that from happening, you need to get in the habit of expressing gratitude. Expressing heartfelt gratitude for the things in your life that make you happy is a powerful way to change your life.
For me, I’m grateful for my dogs. They teach me so much, and they bring me real joy and happiness. Dogs don’t obsess over negative thoughts. They live in the moment. They enjoy playing with their toys, munching on delicious treats, and snuggling with you on the couch. Dogs live in the moment, and we can learn a lot from them about how to live a happy and carefree life.
“The Lost Mode of Prayer,” by Gregg Braden, is a fantastic book that investigates the idea of welcoming positivity into our lives. He talks about how we can learn to anticipate good things in our lives and appreciate what we already have. Doing this raises our frequencies and helps us to attract things like love and happiness.
Positive thinking fosters more positive thinking, emotions, and actions. Thinking about what you are grateful for, such as sharing your life with your dog, is a great place to start when you’re trying to invite happiness into your life.
“Your mind cannot be occupied with worry, fears, anxiety, and endless what ifs if you are in the middle of being grateful”
- Get ready for all the stuff that you are anticipating
My second tip to have a happier life is to prepare for things that you are anticipating. You can get ready for these things by merely planning for them. Planning for things that you want to happen helps clarify what you want. That way, when it shows up, you’re ready for it.
You can get ready using baby steps. You don’t have to take giant leaps ahead right now, just take it slowly. There is no rush. Take time to plan for things that you want and be open to good things that might come your way.
Planning also helps you to become more attuned to yourself, your environment, and your dog. Each time you train together or play, it brings you closer. To help you get ready for the things you anticipate with your dog, it helps to ask yourself a few questions beforehand. For example, before you go for a walk, or take your dog to the grooming salon, ask yourself what skills you and your dog should rehearse to make the experience enjoyable?
Preparing for experiences with your dog in this way helps to prepare yourself mentally before the experience takes place. After the experience, you can reflect and ask yourself if it went better than before. Has you and your dog’s bond strengthened because of the experience? Did it go as well as you hoped? If not, it’s okay. There is time to adjust and improve so that things will be better next time.
- Get clear about what you really want
You might have an idea of what you want, but have you taken the time to really connect with what is important to you?
A great way to figure out what you want is to give yourself some quiet time. Listen to what is deep inside your heart and ignore the voice in your head for a moment. You might be surprised to discover what you really want deep down isn’t the same thing you thought you desired before.
If you’re having trouble, here’s what I suggest you do. Think about how you want to feel in a certain situation or relationship. Maybe you want to feel appreciated, secure, loved, and so on. Then, think about how you can evoke those feelings in this situation. Take baby steps first and slowly, you will start to feel those things in different situations.
If you want to feel calm and confident walking your dog, look for ways to feel that way. Perhaps you can go for a walk somewhere quiet and peaceful. Taking baby steps like this will help build your confidence while simultaneously building trust between you and your dog.
“Take some time to listen to what’s deep inside your heart, not your head”
- Break things down into manageable chunks
You know I’m a massive fan of baby steps, and there’s a reason for that. When you have something to do that seems impossible, it can be tempting to give up or procrastinate. You might try to tackle too much at once, which can make you feel discouraged, frustrated, or overwhelmed.
The best thing to do to reduce stress is to break things down into smaller chunks. Then, tackle each piece one at a time. That way, you continue to progress towards your end goal without taking on too much at once and giving up because the journey seems too long and hard.
You’re much more likely to achieve your goals when you approach them in baby steps. Breaking things down into manageable pieces helps to maintain motivation and momentum. All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and take it one step at a time. The best part is that you won’t be alone. You’ll have your trusted companion right next to you, taking it one paw at a time with you.
- Fill up your head and your heart with gratitude
When you are grateful, it leaves very little space in your mind to be consumed with worry, fears, and anxiety. Being appreciative of what you have is the best way to get what you want. As I mentioned above, fostering feelings of gratitude will help bring good things back to you. It’s the law of the universe, and since our conscious minds can only hold one thought at a time, you need to make it count.
I suggest starting and ending your day by thinking about the things you feel grateful for. Maybe your thankful that your dog has learned how to sit when you ask them. Or, perhaps you’re grateful that you have found true friendship and developed a fantastic partnership with your dog.
I hope these five tips help you to invite more happiness and joy into your life.
Do you want 2021 to be your best year ever? If so, I invite you to join my Creative Alchemy Passion Plan, an awesome plan to help you get clear about what your HEARTS DESIRE really is and create the life you want for you and your dog. Find out more about the Creative Alchemy Passion Plan here: www.dancinghearts.link/2021
If you’d like to work with me and learn how to create a partnership lifestyle for you and your dog, you can request an invitation to join us in the Brilliant Partners Academy when the doors open for the next enrolment!
You can listen to everything I talked about in this blog post over on my podcast – Enlightened By Dogs. It’s episode 134, which you can listen to here.